Dr. Samuel E. Waldron, Dean and Professor of Systematic Theology at the Midwest Center for Theological Studies writes:
It is with special pleasure that I recommend both my friend, Richard Barcellos, and his volume entitled, Better than the Beginning. In a day of massive confusion about the significance God’s relationship with Adam and departure from the pivotal Reformed understanding of the covenant of works, it is nothing short of refreshing to see both the heart for and insight into this subject that God has given Dr. Barcellos. While the New Perspective on Paul and other evangelical and “Reformed” scholars are manifesting deep insensitivity to Scripture on this subject, Richard provides clear and penetrating insight into God’s purpose to bring the human race to a condition that is “better than the beginning.” Christ brings the creation train derailed by Adam to its original glorious destination! This insight is vital to an understanding of the gospel and the vital, scriptural distinction between the law and the gospel. May God give this volume great usefulness!